AKRON, Ohio - Redshirt junior pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey has been named the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year, in a vote conducted by the leagues coaches, the conference announced today. Dorsey was also named First Team All-MAC while redshirt sophomore Taylor Saxton, sophomore Danielle Stiene and freshmen Morgan Geno and Jamie Wren were named Second Team All-MAC. Wren and Geno were also named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.
All five All-MAC selections helped Ohio to a 33-win season, the second most all-time in program history, and an 18-win improvement from the 2015 season.
Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) has put together an incredible season, compiling a 1.66 ERA in 31 appearances and starting 26 of those games. With a 21-11 record, Dorsey has 18 complete games and six shutouts while allowing only 50 earned runs in 204.2 innings. In the process, Dorsey has struck out 294 batters, which currently leads the nation. Opponents have only hit .163 against her this season. Dorsey has been just as dominate in Mid-American Conference play, sporting a 1.56 ERA and a 9-4 record in 17 appearances and 12 starts. Dorsey has eight complete games and has allowed 20 earned runs in 90 innings of action, while striking out 121 MAC batters. Dorsey has also earned the MAC East Pitcher of the week five times this season.
Dorsey has put together strong appearances against Power Five opponents, including shutting out then No. 12 Kentucky, 1-0 in eight innings, while allowing only one hit and striking out 11. Dorsey also one hit Indiana, leading the Bobcats to a 6-0 win, while striking out a career-high 16 batters. Dorsey also one hit NC State, pitching seven innings and striking out 12 in the 2-0 complete game shutout. In the game, Dorsey also recorded her 600th career strikeouts, the only Ohio Bobcat to ever achieve that goal. Dorsey also earned wins against Texas Tech, Marshall, and Virginia.
Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) has proven to be a solid addition to the Bobcats. Earning a Second Team selection as a utility pitcher, Stiene has been just as effective in the circle as she has at the plate. In the circle, Stiene has a 2.37 ERA while compiling an 11-10 overall record. In 35 appearances, Stiene has started 25 games, earning 11 complete games, the shutouts and two saves. She has also struck out 144 batters in 150.2 innings of work. In MAC play, Stiene is 5-5 with a 1.69 ERA in 15 appearances, striking out 70 MAC batters in 66.1 innings of work.
Stiene has also proven to be an offensive force, hitting .400 in 30 at bats. Stiene has 12 hits, three doubles, two homeruns and five RBIs and is slugging .700. In conference, Stiene is batting .458 with 11 hits, three doubles, two homeruns and five RBI while slugging .833. On May 11, Stiene earned the MAC East Player of the Week honor for her production at the plate the final week of the regular season.
Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) has started every game at second base for the Bobcats this season. In 54 games, the left-handed slapper is batting .351 with a team-leading 60 hits and 26 runs scored. Saxton has also proven to be a force on the bases, stealing 35 bases out of 42 tries, which is second most in program history. Saxton also registers a .416 on base percentage. In conference, Saxton is batting .333 with 24 hits and 18 stolen bases while compiling a .415 on base percentage.
As a freshman, Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) has proven to be a viable option as the designated player or as a clutch pinch hitter. The power hitter is batting .267 with three homeruns and 15 RBI in 40 games for the Bobcats. Geno has produced a slugging percentage of .396 while drawing 15 walks. In conference play, Geno is batting .357 in 20 games, recording 15 hits with a double, two homeruns and 12 RBI. She has also walked 13 times and has a .524 slugging percentage and a .509 on base percentage during MAC play. Geno also earned the MAC East Player of the Week during the regular season.
Rounding out the Bobcats' honorees is freshman Wren (Whittier, Calif.). Since debuting against Toledo on April 8, Wren has been an offensive force, batting .333 with 17 hits, three doubles, seven runs scored and four RBI. She is slugging .392, seven walks and a .414 on base percentage. She has also stolen three bases for Ohio. In conference, the outfielder is hitting .349 with 15 hits, three doubles, four RBI and six runs scored. She is slugging .419 with a .391 on base percentage.
The No. 3 Bobcats return to action this weekend at the 2016 MAC Tournament when they open play against the sixth-seeded Akron on Wednesday, May 11. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio.